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From Wealth To Poverty

Updated on October 14, 2014

Blessed & Afterwards Cursed.

Is it possible for God to bless somebody and later curse the blessings ? Yes, God will send a curse upon your blessings to curse it, He will not do this for the joy of cursing your blessings, rather, the curse that will befall your blessings will certainly come from you, when you attract it.

When this is done, you will be then realize of a truth that it is the Lord that has the power to give wealth, it is God that made you rich , all of you belongs to the almighty God.

But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he swear unto thy fathers, as it is this day.” Deuteronomy 8;18.

My friend Mr Johnson tells his story-- I came from a poor family. Despite our poor family leanings on God's word and ways, my four brothers never listened to the word of God as it came from the preachers, the evangelists and even dumped their bibles, refusing to attend church services. My brothers blamed God for the poverty in the family.

Thank God, I received Jesus when I heared the glorious gospel. I did not reject any part of it, I swallowed the word of God as it came. The reverse was the case with my brothers. I became even fanatical and worked for God with all my heart. Because of this,I obtained favour from God and he blessed me tremendously .

I became rich and wealthy , and through my wealth, my angry brothers became rich but surprisingly continued to remain lukewarm to the things of God. As a good Christian I tried to convert my wayward brothers, but failed.

However, the wealth I acquired opened up the world and amusements to me, I soon discovered I have been living in darkness while chewing the cuds of poverty. I saw the world and the people of the world the way I had never seen before . I saw the beauty of the world and I even saw more than before ,how beautiful the women walking about the streets are. I saw cars and craved for a constant change. I saw the towers as I strolled down the cities of the world. With money in my purse, I went to places that only the wealthy can go.

Gradually my zeal for Godly virtues began to shrink. I started to have double mind about the commandments of God, “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sits on the right hand of God.” Colombians 3;1. “If I must seek only the things above, shunning the things beneath wherein I walk to and fro, who else will seek and acquire them[ this world,?] I asked my self. With this new line of arguments, constantly troubling my mind, I soon became confused and defeated.

Unfortunately ,I began to reason like my angry brothers,I gradually followed their line of arguments and finally tip-toed back into the world , going back for the things I vomited many years ago. I followed the ways of my brothers and sinned against God.

Alas, that was the moment and situation or condition the enemy [the devil] was looking for. He came in and assisted me to backslide very well. Within a moment ,my huge wealth began to diminish. It was later hewed down and it fell head-long like a big tree. Like the stage to stage story of the wealth of Job, I witnessed a gradual but systematic destruction of wealth and fortunes,until I came to nothing and my senses came back, like the biblical prodigal son.

Job 1;12-22.

12. And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD.

13. And there was a day when his sons and his daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother's house:

14. And there came a messenger unto Job, and said, The oxen were plowing, and the asses feeding beside them:

15. And the Soy beans fell upon them, and took them away; yea, they have slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.

16. While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The fire of God is fallen from heaven, and hath burned up the sheep, and the servants, and consumed them; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.

17. While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The Chaldean made out three bands, and fell upon the camels, and have carried them away, yea, and slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.

18. While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, Thy sons and thy daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother's house:

19. And, behold, there came a great wind from the wilderness, and smote the four corners of the house, and it fell upon the young men, and they are dead; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.

20. Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshiped,

21.And said, Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.

22.In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.

God allowed the enemy to tamper with the blessings he gave me. He, in fact cursed my blessings, how I wished , I knew him better. But how did this sudden turn around grip me ?.

Instead of singing the song—“ Great change , since I was born again,the things I used to do I do them no more “ with the evangelical microphone and to the great heights,I sank into the sand of sin and changed my confession and songs.

The Money, I made, the wealthy places I acquired and accumulated and the personality following me led me to unreasonable life styles that offended God everyday.

First I fell in love with free women,roaming about the streets like lions, seeking whom to devour. Not one not two, a had a galaxy of girls, too many girl friends ruined my wealth. Ask me why I did what I did with the strange women milling round me, I will direct you to the relentless effort king Solomon made to harness the potentials all the women that came across him, I will ask you to count the number of women the great biblical sage kept. I will quickly remind you of how at least 300 concubines were licking the feet of King Solomon, begging for attention.

I suddenly developed a very sharp and strange tongue, this new tongue of mine was all I needed to keep going.

I fell into the sin of lust of the eye and flesh. Because of the money in my pocket and since street girls are easily deceived through lies, I gave them lots of them. Every beautiful woman had her share of my lies and scanning eye balls,which scanned their bodies seeking to devour them.

My legs were swift to go to places I have been told in the bible not to go, all because of the money in my pocket,all the theaters of horror ,sin and shame rejoiced at my presence,I nodded my head in approval of all invitations to do good and evil .

Envy soon became my second name, I envied every good thing I saw others holding. I wasted no time getting that car for it please me. Every good watch,electronics , etc attracted me so much.

Interestingly I developed the ugliest behaviour of the rich, investing the money of my employees and telling them stories . The poor under my authority suffered,waiting for the crumbs from my wealthy places,begging and weeping for their wages.

I remembered how I won the heart of the who-is -who in my community. I was the hand that fed many, the purse that gave scholarships to students, the leg that trekked the long and snaky paths for those in need and the mouth and eye that talked and saw on behalf of many.

But here I am with tales of woes in my mouth, where have my wealth gone ? What has happened to me,?, is God's grace,goodness,and blessings in my life, a blessings or curse ? Should God be blamed for what happened to me ?

My story goes on. I fell in love with wine. My first encounter with the first" W" of woes , [wine],led me to an automatic drunkard status, even though I was not born a drunkard, I forced myself to drink because it is through emptying the contents of an alcoholic bottle that the boldness to do exploits with the free women would come. Moreover , the society demands it, I must do that to belong. I loved to try every brand of the merciless liquids called wine. I looked wild after each drinking spree and I loved it.

Wine leads to women and free women ruins your wealth.[ Wine,Women & Wealth. [ WWW] .The power of wine nearly ruined me until I came to my senses. Strong wine, strong free women nearly sent me to early grave. Strong wine, strong women and wealth are three W's that must not be toyed with, they held me to ransom .Wealth , though it came last, is the pivot on which the rest rotates.

With my wealthy place of recognition, women of all sizes, race and creed were at my disposal . With my wealth, I was not afraid to offend anybody, for my money certainly spoke for me. My wealth made me good and bad. Though I was the father and mother to orphans through my philanthropic gestures, and the mouth piece of the oppressed, I on the other hand was bad in so many areas of interest in life.

I wore extravagant outfits,made extravagant outings,paraded extravagant number of servants,made extravagant noise with extravagant fleet of cars,finally pursued extravagant political ambitions. I kept adequate vigil on myself with a galaxy of body guards to ward off the danger that was always lurking around the corner.

  1. The odor of my wealth gave me the impetus to intrude in matters and affairs that never concerned me, the vacant lands in my community became mine by reason of the financial muscle I flexed. Whoever dared me in the greedy land acquisition ,made untimely visit to the police station and into the waiting hands of my friends who must do their jobs to receive a windfall.

    No,soon I must reason the other way round,I soon discovered that in that love for money. all that I was doing, in the process and package of making money,lies the root of evil. To do evil was never my portion,but it became rooted in the love I bestowed on money and materialism and not money itself.

I reflected back to my holy bible where the holy book of life insisted that the love of money and not money is the root of all evil. I took a cursory look at all the strange things ,character and backsliding the great backsliding that followed. The cheating , the lying, the stealing, the heartless seizure of the poor man's wages, and properties that never belonged to me and the great appetite for funny things and worldliness as well as my lust for women and their demands.

I then looked at the life I lived shortly after I backslided into the world of sin, after I have left the bible[the book of life], after I have refused to be considerate,reasonable and God fearing.

What a huge mess ?. Within a very short time I had already made my bed in hell while thinking I was on the right path enjoying my life.

So brethren, he that thinker he standee, let him beware less he falls, for it is easy to fall back to the world of sin than to repent of the sins we have committed in the world. At no time at all should you brag of your progressive spiritual life ,rather be watchful less you fall like Peter who denied the Lord three times before he wept his way back to the Lord.

More over “ Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceive himself. But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. For every man shall bear his own burden.” Galatians 6;1.

2. To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, showing all meekness unto all men.

3. For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.

4. But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared,

5. Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost.{Titus 3;2-5.]

This story is not fiction, it is the experience of most men and women, who after receiving the grace and blessings of God, waste them on vanity.

Wherefore let him that thinker he stand take heed lest he fall.” I Corinthians 10;12.


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